Update 3:30 P.M.
To sum up the day there was a lot of transactions but overall few trades of significance NHL-wise or AHL-wise. Two of the best players considered available, Columbus forward Rick Nash and Buffalo forward Derek Roy did not change teams. Minor changes were made to the Chicago Wolves and Toronto Marlies.
However, Monday was a big day for Nashville, which spent a small fortune of future draft picks to acquire forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad. Vancouver, San Jose, Boston and Chicago also made roster bolstering trades even if the players involved were picked up to fill in depth roles rather than plug significant voids.
For Milwaukee not a single Admirals player was traded in today’s events. However, with the two roster additions up in Nashville, it is expected that a Predator or two will be shipped back to Milwaukee or will be made available on waivers.
So Roundtable . . . What do think of today’s NHL trade deadline? Any reactions to Nashville’s acquisition of Andrei Kostitsyn? What about the Predators’ pick up of Paul Gaustad, one of the most sought after players available at this year’s trade deadline? What will Milwaukee’s roster look like on Wednesday for the Admirals’ Midwest Division showdown with Peoria?
Update 3:00 P.M.
The trade waters seem to have quieted down after a small flurry of last minute deals. At this point 15 trades went down, involving 31 players and 11 draft picks according to TSN’s count. Nashville acquired two of the big fish available (relative to this year’s deadline crop), forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad, without giving up any prospects.
One last minor deal to report: Canucks snag forward Andrew Gordon from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Sebastian Erixon.
Update 2:38 P.M.
Interesting trade involving Buffalo and Vancouver: The Sabres sent prized rookie Zack Kassian to Vancouver in exchange for the Canucks’ talented first-year Cody Hodgson. With 33 points this year Hodgson is the more established of two former first-round picks, but Kassian has the size Vancouver covets.
The Canucks also pick up defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani, while Buffalo adds former Admirals blue liner Alexander Sulzer. Sulzer played in parts of three seasons for Milwaukee from 2007-2010.
Update 2:29 P.M.
Minor trade involving Toronto and Anaheim. Ducks acquire forward Dale Mitchell, while the Leafs get defenseman Mark Fraser. Looks like G.M. Brian Burke is spending most of his day retooling the AHL Marlies.
Update 2:22 P.M.
Buffalo’s compensation for Paul Gaustad is a first-round draft pick in 2012. This is an extremely high price for an at best third line center. However, the Predators did add a fourth-round pick as well as Gaustad.
The Islanders compensation for Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau is forward prospect Yannick Riendeau and defensive prospect Marc Cantin.
Update 2:18 P.M.
The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Steve Kampfer to Minnesota in exchange for Wild blue liner, and former Admiral Greg Zanon. From 2003-2006 Zanon played three full seasons in Milwaukee before catching on fulltime with Nashville.
In addition the New York Rangers traded a fifth-round selection to Chicago in exchange for hulking defenseman John Scott.
Update 2:06 P.M.
The trade deadline has come and gone but plenty of trades will be trickling in over the next hour. What I can report is that the Boston Bruins have acquired veteran forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau. Meanwhile, Nashville appears to have picked up checking center Paul Gaustad from Buffalo. Compensation on both trades is unknown at this point.
Update 1:25 P.M.
A couple of more recent trades: Vancouver acquires checking forward extraordinaire Sami Pahlsson for a pair of fourth-round picks in 2012. Meanwhile, Chicago trades for hot commodity defenseman Johnny Oduya from Winnipeg in exchange for a second-round pick and a third-round pick, both in the 2013 entry draft.
Update 1:19 P.M.
A flurry of recent deals to update, though none of the significant impact variety: Tampa Bay has been active so far, trading forward Carter Ashton for defenseman Keith Aulie. In a separate deal the Lightning also picked up defenseman Mike Commodore from Detroit in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick and defenseman Brian Lee from Ottawa for fellow defender Matt Gilroy.
San Jose made the move to pick up forwards T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik from Colorado in exchange for Sharks forward Jamie McGinn and prospects Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa.
Update 12:28 P.M.
The Minnesota Wild have acquired former University of Wisconsin defender Tom Gilbert from Edmonton in exchange for fellow blue liner Nick Schultz. Gilbert won a national championship at the Bradley Center in 2006 as a member of the Badgers. Gilbert has 17 points in 47 games this season for the Oilers, while Schultz has put up a paltry one goal and two assists in 62 games.
Update 11:25 A.M.
Things remain quiet at this point on deadline day. Only recent news of significance is that ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun is reporting that Predators G.M. David Poile sent out a text message stating that he is “not trading (Ryan) Suter.”
Update: 9:47 A.M.
Sure enough the Predators are involved in the first trade of the day, acquiring forward Andrei Kostitsyn from Montreal in exchange for Nashville’s second-round pick in 2013 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013.
Kostitsyn will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He has 12 goals and 24 points in 53 games to date. The best season to date for the former 10th overall selection in the 2003 draft was in 2007-2008 where he scored 26 goals and added 27 assists for 53 points.
Update: 8:50 A.M.
Good morning Roundtable.
Today is trade deadline Monday, the day that marks the last time that teams can change up their rosters via trade prior to the playoff stretch run.
For diehard hockey fans like myself today represents an unofficial holiday, a day to sit back and enjoy the proceedings. So far no trades to speak of, but then again it is before 7 A.M. on the West Coast. The official deadline to submit trades is 2 P.M. central time.
Even though Nashville was already involved in two transactions prior to the deadline, the Predators/Admirals could be active again on Monday. Teams around the league covet top prospect Ryan Ellis, but I believe Predators G.M. David Poile has no interest in moving him. But with the potential to lose defenseman Ryan Suter in the offseason, Poile could be in a go-for-broke mode today.
Here is the recent trade summery for Nashville:
(Feb. 24) Predators trade forward Jerred Smithson for Florida’s sixth-round pick in 2012.
(Feb. 17) Predators trade minor league forwards Blake Geoffrion and Robert Slaney, plus a second-round pick in 2012 to Montreal for defenseman Hal Gill and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2013. Read my thoughts on this trade here.
Big news yesterday as St. Louis traded prized goaltending prospect Ben Bishop. Read my post on that transaction here.